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January 2, 2018

Public Library is a Local Treasure

Have you visited the Anna Porter Public Library during your travels to Gatlinburg?  From the windows one can see beautiful mountain views!  It is a very welcoming place to pull up a chair near the fireplace for a cozy read.  Visitors to our area are welcome to use the facility and may borrow books well as use the computers and wifi.  Services include books, movies, audio books, magazines, ebooks, newspapers and internet access.  The library has resources for geneologists and schedules adult art and craft classes with local artisans.

The Anna Porter Public Library serves both locals and guests.

Gatlinburg is fortunate to have a wonderful public library.

We are particularly fond of the library’s regional history special collection.  This collection includes more than 600 historical items detailing the cultural and natural history of Gatlinburg, the Great Smoky Mountains, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and southern Appalachia.  A unique feature of the collection is the group of historical audio tapes, with transcripts, which were recorded as long as 40 years ago.  They also have oral history video tapes that were recorded more recently.  

Monthly Book Club at the Library

John and I take great pride in being founding members of the book club that meets at the library.  We meet at 6:30 on the 4th Tuesday of each month for lively conversation.  Our taste in books ranges widely and our diversity brings interesting viewpoints to the discussion.  This month we are reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles and early feedback indicates our members are enjoying it.  Future books include:  Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler, A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, and The Trial by Franz Kafka.  If you are visiting, we would love to have you participate in our discussion.  The full reading list and directions may be found on the website http://annaporterpl.org.  

We suggest you visit the library the next time you are in our area.